VICEROY VICEROY VICEROY with LUKE STETTNER at KATE WERBLE GALLERY — This is a collaborative exhibition — which is to say an exhibition conceived of and produced by 3 people, across continents — that makes subject of killing machines and their methods of linguistic categorization. We are humored and we are horrified at the way military vernacular expropriates the language of our animal and nature bound world. The hornet is an all-weather fighter jet; the badger is an artillery vehicle; the bloodhound is a surface-to-air missile (so is a scorpion); the flying fish is an Exocet missile; the barracuda is a submarine. And on it goes. The language of war is flooded with the classification of animal science — of land and sea, animals living and extinct — a phenomenon that normalizes armed violence and predation as something “natural” and affirms the environment and its sentient lives as one more resource to be colonized.
On view through September 17 at Kate Werble Gallery, 136 East 73rd Street, New York. Floor 2, Buzzer #1/AOI. Summer hours are Tuesday-Friday from 11-5pm and by appointment at katewerblegallery.com.
IDENTITY, MAGAZINE DESIGN, and WEBSITE for EVEN — Taking its title from one of Duchamp’s most iconic works, Even is a contemporary art periodical situated somewhere between the slick, coffee table set and and those dry, impenetrable academic journals. The magazine’s strength is in globally-focused long-form criticism, in-depth interviews, and emerging artist portfolios; they take a stand against the lazy reprinting of exhibition blurbs and installation shots culled from press releases that plague so many visual culture publications. The layout inverts the established hierarchy of an art magazine by foregrounding text over image, a strategy present right on the cover, where the table of contents redacts the primary image, only hinting at what’s in discussion on the interior.
IDENTITY SYSTEM, WEBSITE, and APPLICATIONS for SYRACUSE ARCHITECTURE — Syracuse Architecture is an amalgamation of many perspectives; diverse and dynamic in nature, connected to the past but forward-looking; critical, curious, and intentionally curated. The school’s visual identity expresses these traits through a varied group of formal devices, including the layering, masking, and revealing of content by an ever-expanding vocabulary of graphic forms. Extending across print, digital, and environmental applications, the system is reworked incrementally and expanded upon each academic year.
ROOMS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED for CANADIAN CENTRE FOR ARCHITECTURE — Architects from two distinct urban centers, Umberto Riva from Milan and Bijoy Jain from Mumbai, are brought together via their shared approach to domestic spaces, and a parallel interest in local artisans and construction techniques. The exhibition graphics seek to highlight latent similarities in their work by placing didactic texts and supporting materials on a unified shelf, connecting the two disparately designed galleries and providing a clear entry point for visitors.
EXHIBITION and EVENT POSTERS for COLUMBIA GSAPP — As part of the school’s annual series of lectures and exhibitions, Columbia GSAPP commissions custom promotional materials, with graphics tailored to the content of each program. Creating a standalone look and feel for these events is key, to help them stand out amongst the din of flyers posted around campus, and delivered to faculty and student inboxes every day. Working within standard formats but eschewing a single, monolithic identity, the typography, color palette, graphic layer, and material strategy vary substantially from event to event.
IDENTITY, WEBSITE, and LABEL ART for THE BUNKER NEW YORK — The Bunker is a long-running electronic music series in New York, known for curating experimental, left-of-center sounds in intimate settings with disproportionately high production values. In addition to these events, the team now runs a label releasing original music from an ever-growing stable of local artists, as well as a booking agency, podcast, and radio show. The visual identity makes use of a flexible grid which connects across various physical and digital touchpoints, allowing for assets to be generated quickly, and in a style befitting the type of music being presented.
20/20 for CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART and STUDIO MUSEUM HARLEM — At a time of deep political and social discord in America, this wide-ranging exhibition mounts twenty works from each institution in a collaborative first, presenting an alternate history of the country exclusively through the lens of African-American artists. The exhibition graphics highlight the multitude of eras, styles, and perspectives included in the show by isolating disparate visual details which are then keyed to an index of participants in the entryway. Color coding on the edges of these details, on didactic panels, and in the accompanying gallery guide link visitors back to the over-arching themes which help organize the galleries.
ABSTRACT 2015 for COLUMBIA GSAPP — Abstract is the long-running, annual compendium of student projects, applied research, events, and exhibitions from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). Overseen by the Office of the Dean, and edited in part by a growing list of notable faculty, Abstract showcases studios, electives, and departments from all across the school. Conceived of as a reflection of GSAPP’s unique organizational model, the book’s binding allows for multiple covers, multiple materials (and interruptions), and multiple points of entry.
ABSTRACT 2016 for COLUMBIA GSAPP — Abstract is the long-running, annual compendium of student projects, applied research, events, and exhibitions from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). Overseen by the Office of the Dean, and edited in part by a growing list of notable faculty, Abstract showcases studios, electives, and departments from all across the school. Conceived of as a reflection of GSAPP’s unique organizational model, the book’s binding allows for multiple covers, multiple materials (and interruptions), and multiple points of entry.
LOOP ALUMNI EXHIBITION for PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL — Parsons in particular, and The New School more broadly, are incredibly diverse institutions wth students from all over the globe studying a wide range of disciplines, including studio art, fashion, and architecture, as well as graphic, interactive, and experiential design. Loop, the sixth annual alumni exhibition, showcases work by over 120 graduates from every program at the school, looking at the work they’re making today. As a result of the mixed-media nature of the submissions, the approach was to create an all-digital exhibition, where work is projected onto screens at the Aronson Gallery, in the adjacent hallway, upstairs at the Making Center, and onto window glass along both Fifth Avenue and 13th Street.
ORNAGHI & PRESTINARI and RELATED APPLICATIONS for MAGAZZINO ITALIAN ART — Located in Cold Spring, New York, Magazzino is an extensive private collection of arte povera and other post-war and contemporary Italian art. Occasionally, the collectors present shows in other locations, such as this intimate exhibition of the artist duo Ornaghi & Prestinari. Here, their unlikely re-creations of domestic objects fit so well into the townhouse-like setting of New York University’s Casa Italiana, they occasionally blur into the existing decor. The catalog plays with this notion of domesticity, employing the familiar visual language of furniture and design catalogs, albeit in a more abstracted manner.
COLUMBIA IN MANHATTANVILLE for COLUMBIA BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE & THE CITY — As with many urban universities, physical space comes at a premium, but especially in a city as over-developed and hostile to the working class as present day New York. Columbia knew it would need to expand beyond its Morningside campus eventually, and so for over a decade, they planned a move into nearby Manhattanville. This book charts the complex web of needs of both the university and the surrounding community, including essays from and conversations with historians, architects, planners, educators, and administrators involved in the project. The design employs a diverse set of content typologies, each with its own visual logic, in a narrow portrait format with exposed binding and loose, laminated book cloth dust jacket.
CHARLES JAMES: BEYOND FASHION for THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART — The final show from long-time Costume Institute director Harold Koda, and the first in their renovated exhibition space, Beyond Fashion explores the career of iconic dressmaker and couturier Charles James. With a technically-focused exhibition design by Diller Scofidio & Renfro, the show deconstructs James’s design process through a series of animations that accompany many of the gowns, and reverse engineer each dress pattern in three-dimensional space. The identity plays off the idea of moving beyond the familiar, anecdotal history of the artists work, into a more nuanced, almost scientific look at his designs. The typographic strategy for wall and screen text was to remain more neutral and reserved, contrasting the technical look of the exhibition itself.
PORTFOLIO WEBSITE for SKYLER BRICKLEY —— In his work, Skyler Brickley often explores notions of reproduction and recontextualization, both in his large, system-driven dot paintings and the more recent wall sculptures. As part of his process, he collects a near-endless stream of reference material and found imagery, along with material samples and experiments, all of which inform his work. He applies a rigorous cataloging system to keep track of everything, including all of the pieces that come out of this process, what they are made from, where and when they were created, their material makeup, and so on. For his portfolio website, we remade this rich archival database into the primary user interface, allowing users to sort and filter based on a variety of criteria set by the artist.
TENSES & MATERIAL HISTORIES for STUDIO MUSEUM HARLEM — For decades, The Studio Museum in Harlem has provided a platform for emerging artists of African and Latino decent through their Artist in Residence program. Many now-established artists who spent time an an AIR cite it as a turning point in their career. Each year, at the conclusion of the residency, the museum exhibits the work made during the artists’ time in Harlem, with many creating site-specific installations or using the community as inspiration in some way. In addition, a small catalog is produced for each show, helping to reveal the thematic links which underpin their work.